Term of Award

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

James McMillan

Committee Member 1

Laura Gunn

Committee Member 2

Kathy Thornton


This study was designed to establish normative data for individuals 18-22 years old using oscillometry by comparing the values to spirometry. Oscillometry is a less invasive procedure for respiratory testing than spirometry testing. One hundred and forty-two participants completed self-assessment questionnaires, along with body composition measurements and at least three trials each of oscillometry and spirometry testing. The results of the study conclude that no normative data could be established in this study over all resistance (R) and reactance (X) frequencies for males and females. The secondary goal of this study was to examine the effects of smoking, physical activity, and weight on forced expiratory volume (FEV1). Smoking and weight had a significant effect on FEV1 while there was no significance to physical activity and FEV1 but a trend was found. In conclusion, more testing needs to be conducted to create normative data for 18-22 year olds. This will assist professionals in diagnosing respiratory disorders in this age bracket.

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